Northwestern prof accused of misconduct takes leave

EVANSTON (AP) — Officials of Northwestern University say a journalism professor accused of misconduct by former students and employees is taking a leave of absence.

University spokesman Alan Cubbage on Thursday said Alec Klein is stepping away from teaching investigative journalism and as director of the Medill Justice Project while an investigation takes place.

Ives defends TV spot

CHAMPAIGN —Although it has been condemned by top Illinois Republicans from party chairman Tim Schneider to Urbana attorney general candidate Erika Harold, state Rep. Jeanne Ives Saturday night defended a controversial television commercial as "telling voters which constituencies Gov. Bruce Rauner decided to side with."

The Big Ten with Jeff D'Alessio, Dec. 24, 2017

With the Land of Lincoln getting ready to throw a yearlong 200th birthday bash, we’ve tapped biographers of famous (and, in one case, infamous) former Illinoisans to tell us a quick story about their time here.

Tom Kacich: Ives' candidacy a thorn in Rauner's side

State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton probably can't win the Republican gubernatorial primary election less than three months from today, but she can make life miserable for Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Ives already has picked up support from some of her conservative colleagues in the House and has thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from donors who in the past have supported Rauner.

Behind the Scenes: Salt Kettle Rest Area

Last month, the Illinois Department of Transportation conducted a survey on ways to improve the state’s 30 rest areas — five of which lie within a 30-minute drive of C-U — and 11 welcome centers. We spent a full day at the Salt Kettle Rest Area near Oakwood to see the comings and goings.

Illinois GOP fills slate for statewide offices in 2018

Hear from Treasurer Mike Frerichs Tuesday at 7:40 on WDWS.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Republicans finally have a full slate of candidates for constitutional offices in next year's election, according to an email sent to party officials.

Rauner announces re-election bid

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner made his re-election intentions official Monday morning.

The Republican announced in a video message that he is seeking a second term.  In his video, he vows to continue his fight against what he calls "corrupt career politicians".

There are seven Democratic candidates vying for the nomination at this point.

Tom Kacich: GOP upset with Rauner, unlikely to replace him

The next 13 months of Illinois politics should be interesting. Republicans now have a man at the top of their 2018 ticket who many of them feel betrayed by, some want off the ticket and others say has been politically weakened.

Sort of the way it was for Illinois Democrats and their gubernatorial nominee in 2014.

Tom Kacich: Another area lawmaker bails on 'turnaround'

State Rep. Reggie Phillips of Charleston last week became the third Republican lawmaker from East Central Illinois to announce his retirement from the Legislature, joining Reps. Chad Hays of Catlin and Bill Mitchell of Forsyth. They're part of a list of more than two dozen legislators from both parties who are either getting out of the General Assembly or running for another office.